New trading hours for Jamaican stocks

Investors trading shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange will have more time to trade securities commencing on Monday, May 27, trading set to begin at 9 a.m. and close at 2:00 p.m., giving traders an additional 1½ hours to trade securities.
At the same time the settlement time for trades will be shortened from the day of trading plus two additional business days (T+2) to one business day after trading (T+1). The effect of the change will result in investors entitled to get a settlement on the day immediately after trading.
The change in settlement will be in line with the USA stock market that moves to T+1 when that market reopens on Tuesday, following the close of the market on Monday for the Memorial holiday.

Trading picks up for JSE USD Market

The Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market closed on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 15 percent with a 3 percent lower value than on Wednesday, resulting in trading in seven securities, similar to trading on Wednesday with prices of two rising, two declining and three ending unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 233,466 shares for US$32,685 compared to 276,289 units at US$33,572 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 33,352 units at US$4,669 versus 39,470 shares at US$4,796 on Wednesday, with a month to date average of 32,964 shares at US$3,017 compared with 32,938 units at US$2,906 on the previous day and April that ended with an average of 35,401 units for US$2,453.
The US Denominated Equities Index dipped 0.81 points to culminate at 237.80.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 9.6. The PE ratio is computed based on the last traded price divided by projected earnings done by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year ending and or around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AS Bryden remained at 22.49 US cents after 40,144 stocks passed through the market, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy ended at 61 US cents after an exchange of 95 units, Proven Investments dipped 0.01 of a cent to finish at 13.81 US cents, with 2,926 shares crossing the market. Sygnus Credit Investments rallied 1.7 cents and ended at 9.4 US cents with a transfer of 100,001 stock units and Transjamaican Highway fell 0.01 of a cent to end at 2.09 US cents with investors swapping 81,455 shares.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group US8.5% preference share rose 1 cent to close at US$1.28 in switching ownership of 4,537 units and JMMB Group 5.75% remained at US$2 with investors trading 4,308 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Falling stocks edged out Main Market losers

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 101 percent and the value 16 percent more than on Wednesday, following trading in 60 securities up from 57 on Wednesday and ended with prices of 18 stocks rising, 21 declining and 21 ending unchanged.
The market closed with 14,203,187 shares trading for $79,115,438 versus 7,063,416 stock units at $68,154,039 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 236,720 shares at $1,318,591 compared to 123,920 units at $1,195,685 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 372,703 units at $2,376,327 compared with 381,355 units at $2,443,627 on the previous day and April that closed with an average of 680,802 units at $3,619,595.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.19 million shares for 64.7 percent of total volume followed by JMMB 9.5% preference share with 1.39 million units for 9.8 percent of the day’s trade and Wisynco Group with 753,254 units for 5.3 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index increased 333.74 points to wrap up trading at 354,409.43, the JSE Main Index fell 236.81 points to 317,262.50 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.06 points to 67.27.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.6. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AS Bryden dipped 64 cents in closing at $36.95 with an exchange of 26,127 stocks, Berger Paints rose 65 cents to $8 after investors ended trading of 10 units, Guardian Holdings fell $4 to end at $360, with 22,161 shares crossing the exchange. Jamaica Broilers lost 30 cents and ended at $31.50 with investors swapping 427,863 stock units, Jamaica Producers declined $1.36 to finish at $21.14 and closed after an exchange of 1,179 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 58 cents to close at $10.95 in an exchange of 2,005 units. Massy Holdings sank $1 to $88 with traders dealing in 428 stocks, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy popped $12.15 in closing at $93.15 after 65 stock units passed through the market, NCB Financial dropped $1.99 to close at $60.01 with investors dealing in 166,673 shares. Pan Jamaica gained 40 cents to end at $45 in an exchange of 71,493 stocks, Sagicor Group increased $1 and ended at $41, with 68,224 units changing hands, Scotia Group skidded $2.79 to finish at $41.50 with investors trading 80,038 stock units. Seprod climbed $1.30 and ended at $78.50 with 5,238 shares clearing the market and Supreme Ventures shed 70 cents to $24.30 after exchanging 31,826 stock units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.75% preference share rallied $1.41 to close at $18.46 with investors trading 338 stocks. 138 Student Living preference share rose $2 to end at $217 after an exchange of 13 units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share advanced $2 in closing at $107, with 8,800 stocks crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market rallies into week end

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Stocks closed trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Friday, with a 42 percent jump in the volume of stocks traded, with a marginally higher value than Wednesday following trading activity in 40 securities down from 42 on Wednesday and ending with prices of 13 rising, 19 declining and eight closing unchanged.
Trading closed with 4,564,235 shares for $8,534,568 compared to 3,223,099 units at $8,496,465 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 114,106 shares at $213,364 compared with 76,740 units at $202,297 on Wednesday, Trading month to date averages 515,796 units at $1,090,560 versus 539,459 stock units at $1,142,236 on the previous day and April with an average of 204,118 units at $439,599.
EduFocal led trading with 1.77 million shares for 38.9 percent of total volume followed by Dolla Financial with 731,474 units for 16 percent of the day’s trade and Spur Tree Spices with 434,369 units for 9.5 percent market share.
At the close of trading, the Junior Market Index gained 10.69 points to wrap up trading at 3,691.54.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.5, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Assurance Brokers popped 45 cents to close at $2.90 with a transfer of 87,152 units, Caribbean Cream gained 29 cents to close at $3.90 with investors trading 4,292 stocks, Consolidated Bakeries slipped 7 cents to finish at $2.11 after an exchange of 1,000 shares. Dolphin Cove rose 60 cents and ended at $22.50 following the trading of 15,458 stock units, EduFocal fell 14 cents in closing at 80 cents after a transfer of 1,773,403 shares, Everything Fresh advanced 10 cents to end at $1.80 with investors swapping 510 units. Honey Bun skidded 76 cents in closing at $7.10, with 2,348 stocks clearing the market, Indies Pharma sank 35 cents to $2.35 with investors dealing in 22,265 stock units, ISP Finance climbed $4.01 and ended at $28.01 in switching ownership of just 80 shares. Knutsford Express shed $1.37 to end at $10.13 with investors transferring 7,662 stocks, Lasco Financial increased 8 cents to close at $1.60 in an exchange of 1,400 units, Main Event dropped 35 cents to finish at $12.74 with traders dealing in 31,528 stock units. Medical Disposables lost 17 cents and ended at $2.02 as investors exchanged 18,859 shares and Spur Tree Spices rallied 9 cents to $2.40 with trading in 434,369 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Juniors rise as Main Market slips

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange slipped in trading on Friday with the JSE USD market dipping lower and the Junior Market closing moderately higher as trading ended with the number of stocks changing hands climbing sharply over Thursday volume, with the value moderately higher, resulting in prices of 41 shares declining and 23 rising on the last trading day before the extended trading starts on Monday.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index shed 152.52 points to close at 329,861.68, the All Jamaican Composite Index popped 333.74 points to 354,409.43, the JSE Main Index skidded 236.81 points to 317,262.50. The Junior Market Index gained 10.69 points to wrap-up trading at 3,691.54 and the JSE USD Market Index dipped 0.81 points to settle at 237.80.
At the close of trading, 18,855,563 shares were exchanged in all three markets, up from 10,562,804 units on Wednesday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $81.15 million, over the $76.65 million on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 233,466 shares for US$32,685 compared to 276,289 units at US$33,572 on Wednesday.
In Main Market activity, Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.19 million shares followed by JMMB 9.5% preference share with 1.39 million units and Wisynco Group with 753,254 stocks.
In the Junior Market, EduFocal led trading with 1.77 million shares followed by Dolla Financial with 731,474 units and Spur Tree Spices with 434,369 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.75% preference share increased $1.41 to end at $18.46, 138 Student Living preference share climbed $2 in closing at $217 and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share rose $2 to finish at $107.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 20. on 2023-24 earnings and 13.1 times those for 2024-25 at the close of trading. ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
The PE ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, grouped by industry, allowing for easy comparisons within a sector and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Pertinent information is required to navigate numerous investment options successfully in the stock market. The ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
The chart should be used in making rational decisions when investing in stocks close to the average for the sector, not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and place them on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide for investors to quickly assess the value of stocks based on this measure. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices.
Dividends paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume of the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Rising stocks inched up on Trinidad Exchange

Rising stocks edged out declining ones at the end of trading on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange on Friday, resulting from trading in 20 securities compared with 19 on Thursday and ending with prices of seven rising, five declining and eight remaining unchanged, following a 32 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded and ending with a marginal fall in value compared to trading on Thursday.
Trading ended with 141,778 shares changing hands for $1,996,526 down from 208,677 stocks at $2,019,712 on Thursday.
An average of 7,089 shares were exchanged at $99,826 compared with 10,983 stock units at $106,301 on Thursday, with trading month to date averaging 16,180 shares at $137,269 in line with 16,754 units at $139,630 on the previous day and an average of 17,642 shares at $178,724for April .
The Composite Index rose 3.10 points to 1,143.53, the All T&T Index increased 8.10 points to conclude trading at 1,729.64, the SME Index remained at 78.90 and the Cross-Listed Index dipped 0.32 points to conclude trading at 72.26.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Agostini’s rose 3 cents to $68.78 after investors traded 16 shares, Angostura Holdings ended at $18.50 after two units changed hands, Ansa McAl popped $1 to close at $59, with 19,841 shares crossing the market. Ansa Merchant Bank remained at $42.50 after a transfer of 5 stocks, Calypso Macro Investment Fund sank 97 cents to end at $23.03 with traders dealing in 450 shares, First Citizens Group rallied 25 cents to finish at $44.75 in an exchange of 5,582 units. FirstCaribbean International Bank ended at $6.93 with investors swapping 3,151 units, GraceKennedy declined 20 cents to $3.75, with 3,361 stocks crossing the exchange, JMMB Group ended at $1.20 in trading 400 shares. Massy Holdings remained at $4.20, with 5,368 stocks crossing the market, National Enterprises ended at $3.65 as investors exchanged 48,079 units, NCB Financial rose 1 cent to $2.70, with 47,430 stock units changing hands. Point Lisas remained at $3.50 with investors transferring 5 shares, Prestige Holdings shed 5 cents to finish at $12.95 after an exchange of 127 stocks, Republic Financial ended at $117 with a transfer of 1,050 units. Scotiabank climbed 50 cents to end at $66.50 after 430 stocks passed through the market, Trinidad & Tobago NGL dropped 15 cents in closing at $7.50 with investors dealing in 5,304 shares, Trinidad Cement fell 4 cents to end at $2.56, with 170 stock units clearing the market. Unilever Caribbean advanced 25 cents to $12 in switching ownership of 5 stocks and West Indian Tobacco gained $1 and ended at $10 with investors trading 1,002 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Eight stocks rose 7 fell on the Trinidad Exchange

Price movement was fluid in trading on Thursday on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, resulting in activity in 19 securities compared with 18 on Wednesday and ending with prices of eight stocks rising, seven declining and four left unchanged including two that closed at 52 weeks’ lows after a 49 percent jump in the volume of stocks changing hands valued at 86 percent more than on Wednesday.
Trading closed with an exchange of 208,677 shares for $2,019,712 up from 140,346 stocks at $1,083,905 on Wednesday.
The average trade for the day was 10,983 shares at $106,301 compared with 7,797 stock units at $60,217 on Wednesday, with trading month to date averaging 16,754 shares at $139,630 compared with 17,122 units at $141,755 on the previous day and an average for April of 17,642 shares at $178,724.
The Composite Index popped 7.60 points to close at 1,140.43, the All T&T Index climbed 6.21 points to finish at 1,721.54, the SME Index remained at 78.90, with the Cross-Listed Index advancing 1.27 points to conclude trading at 72.58.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Agostini’s popped 15 cents in closing at $68.75 after 3,985 shares passed through the market, Angostura Holdings rallied 50 cents to $18.50 with traders dealing in 250 stocks, Calypso Macro Investment Fund ended at $24 with 1,184 shares crossing the market. First Citizens Group fell 50 cents to $44.50 with a transfer of 3,780 stocks, FirstCaribbean International Bank rose 3 cents to finish at $6.93, with 900 shares crossing the exchange, GraceKennedy rallied 5 cents and ended at $3.95 after a transfer of 100 units. Guardian Holdings sank 40 cents to $16.50 after 241 stocks changed hands, JMMB Group dipped 8 cents to end at $1.20 in an exchange of 92,750 stock units, Massy Holdings increased 8 cents to close at $4.20 with investors swapping 6,295 shares. National Enterprises climbed 10 cents in closing at $3.65 in an exchange of 71,756 units, NCB Financial fell 1 cent to end at $2.69 and closed after 2,920 stocks were traded, One Caribbean Media slipped 15 cents to finish at $3.55 with an exchange of 1,815 stock units. Point Lisas remained at $3.50, with the trading of 25 shares, Prestige Holdings remained at $13 with investors trading 4,020 stock units, Republic Financial lost 50 cents in closing at $117 in switching ownership of 8,254 stock units. Scotiabank advanced 99 cents and ended at $66 with investors dealing in 10 stocks, Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose 5 cents to finish at $7.65 after an exchange of 72 shares, Unilever Caribbean dropped 25 cents to close at $11.75 with investors trading 258 units and West Indian Tobacco ended at $9 after an exchange of 10,062 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Winners beat losers on the JSE Main Market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks that were exchanged declining by 35 percent, with a 7 percent lower value than on Tuesday, and similar to Tuesday, trading took place in 57 securities and ended with prices of 27 stocks rising, 13 declining and 17 ending unchanged.
Trading closed with 7,063,416 shares changing hands at $68,154,039 down from 10,788,125 units at $73,059,080 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 123,920 shares for $1,195,685 compared with 189,265 stock units at $1,281,738 on Tuesday. Trading month to date, averages 381,355 stocks at $2,443,627 down from 397,917 units at $2,523,912 on the previous day versus April with an average of 680,802 stock units at $3,619,595.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 2.07 million shares for 29.2 percent of total volume followed by Jamaica Producers with 1.0 million units for 14.2 percent of the day’s trade and JMMB 9.5% preference share with 687,416 units for 9.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index skidded 3,411.32 points to end at 354,075.69, the JSE Main Index dipped 1,718.09 points to end at 317,499.31 and the JSE Financial Index declined 0.68 points to 67.33.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.5. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AS Bryden popped $3.38 and ended at $37.59 with an exchange of 380 shares, Eppley advanced $1 to $39, with 881 stocks passing through the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose 56 cents to finish at $39.60 with investors swapping 867 units. First Rock Real Estate climbed 45 cents to end at $10.15 after a transfer of 1,550 stock units, General Accident shed 76 cents in closing at $6.33 with investors dealing in 7,805 shares, Guardian Holdings increased $4 to close at $364 after the exchange of 21 stock units. Jamaica Broilers gained $1.30 to end at $31.80 after the trading of 10,616 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied $1.17 to close at $10.37 clearing the market with 168,867 units, Lasco Distributors increased 30 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ high of $5.49 with investors trading 55,670 stocks. Massy Holdings lost $1 to end at $89 in an exchange of 182 units, Mayberry Group popped 55 cents to finish at $8.05 with traders dealing in 1,795 shares, Pan Jamaica dipped $1.40 and ended at $44.60 in switching ownership of 15,212 stock units. Proven Investments advanced 44 cents to $21.44 with investors exchanging 2,462 shares, Seprod fell $1.39 to end at $77.20 with a transfer of 126,618 units, Stanley Motta skidded $2.34 in closing at $5.15 after 10,000 stocks passed through the market. Sygnus Credit Investments rose 30 cents to close at $10.78 in trading 5,150 stock units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance climbed 40 cents and ended at $11, with 164 shares crossing the market and Wisynco Group gained 50 cents to finish at $21 in an exchange of 11,932 units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.25% preference share rallied $1.16 and ended at $20 after just one stock was traded and 138 Student Living preference share popped 46 cents to $215, with 7 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Mixed Junior Market trading

Trading activity picked up on Wednesday ahead of the close of the market on Thursday for the labour day holiday as trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with a 15 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded, with a 15 percent greater value than Tuesday, resulting in trading in 42 securities compared with 44 on Tuesday and ending with rising and declining stocks ending with 16 price movements each as 10 closed unchanged.
The Junior Market closed with trading of 3,223,099 shares for $8,496,465 compared with 3,806,992 units at $7,393,971 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 76,740 shares at $202,297 compared with 86,523 units at $168,045 on Tuesday. Trading for the month to date averages 539,459 units at $1,142,236 compared with 569,968 stock units $1,204,210 on the previous day up from April with an average of 204,118  stock units at $439,599.
EduFocal led trading with 994,984 shares for 30.9 percent of total volume followed by Fontana with 394,800 stocks for 12.2 percent of the day’s trade and Future Energy with 307,222 units for 9.5 percent market share.
At the close of trading, the Junior Market Index fell 11.69 points to end at 3,680.85.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.4, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rose 50 cents to $20 as investors exchanged 2,710 shares, AMG Packaging gained 31 cents and ended at $3.20, with 598 units crossing the market, Caribbean Assurance Brokers dipped 24 cents to close at $2.45 in an exchange of 2,201 shares. Caribbean Cream sank 59 cents to end at $3.61 with investors trading 3,767 stock units, Dolphin Cove slipped 79 cents in closing at $21.90 after an exchange of 17,677 shares, Fontana lost 8 cents in finishing at $8.15 with a transfer of 394,800 stock units. Indies Pharma popped 20 cents to $2.70 after 3,207 stocks passed through the market, ISP Finance skidded $4.01 to close at $24 with investors transferring 18 stock units, Jetcon Corporation fell 7 cents and ended at 91 cents with 716 shares clearing the market. Knutsford Express advanced 50 cents to close at $11.50 with investors dealing in 4,476 units, Limners and Bards increased 24 cents to end at $1.60 with 26,159 stocks crossing the market, Main Event climbed 58 cents to finish at $13.09 after a transfer of 9,467 stock units. Medical Disposables rallied 19 cents to $2.19 with investors swapping 2,297 shares and tTech shed 10 cents to close at $2.16 in an exchange of 389 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading rises on JSE USD Market

Jamaica’s stock market closed on Wednesday ahead of the holiday break on Thursday, with a 83 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded a 313 percent jump in value on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US ended dollar market over Tuesday, resulting in trading in seven securities, compared to 10 on Tuesday with prices of three rising, three declining and one ending unchanged.
The market closed Wednesday with an exchange of 276,289 shares for US$33,572 compared to 151,001 units at US$8,136 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 39,470 units at US$4,796 versus 15,100 shares at US$814 on Tuesday, with a month to date average of 32,938 shares at US$2,906 compared with 32,471 units at US$2,771 on the previous day and April that ended with an average of 35,401 units for US$2,453.
The US Denominated Equities Index popped 2.61 points to conclude trading at 238.61.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 9.3. The PE ratio is computed based on the last traded price divided by projected earnings done by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year ending and or around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share popped 0.01 of a cent to 4.12 US cents with investors swapping 3,306 stock units, Proven Investments rallied 0.74 of one cent and ended at 13.82 US cents with 102 shares clearing the market, Sygnus Credit Investments fell 1.3 cents to 7.7 US cents with trading of 100,000 units and Transjamaican Highway ended at 2.1 US cents after 159,023 stock units passed through the market.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group US8.5% preference share advanced 1 cent to end at US$1.27 with a transfer of 13,332 stock units, Productive Business Solutions 9.25% preference share sank 44 cents in closing at US$11.05 as investors traded 16 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments E8.5% lost 37 cents to end at US$10.03 after a transfer of 510 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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